When most families consider a day on the Great Barrier Reef it is one of the many island based tours that first come to mind. Being on an island usually means a wider range of activities to keep the younger ones occupied, a beach to play on and the benefit of not being on the ocean all day. Recently I had an opportunity to take my 9 year old nephew for a day on Moore Reef, out from Cairns, and I was surprised at how suitable a pontoon based trip was for children. There was one special feature of this pontoon that attracted us, the waterslide, but there is so much to do during the day that we barely had time to squeeze it all in.
The first thing to attract our attention was a huge Maori Wrasse circling one of the dive staff. I would have happily spent more time there but there was Nemo and Dory to be found. We were going to be very lucky if we found Dory, and the Blue Parrotfish might look the same to you and I, but not to a movie aficionado. Nemo on the other hand was a much better option, although we never found him we had lots of help from the staff about where he had been spotted on the day.
Now it was time to try out the waterslide. First time down I was required for a little confidence boost and from then on it was much more fun to slide alone, which was OK with me.
If you are thinking about a day at the reef and have young children don’t immediately discount a day on a pontoon. There is plenty to do for all ages and the pontoons are that stable you wonder if you are at sea at all.
If you are interested in this Moore Reef tour you can book here.